Cleveland Browns linebacker Jamie Collins will miss the remainder of the season with a MCL injury, the franchise has formally announced. While the extent of the knee injury remains a mystery, it is obviously severe enough to knock Collins out for the rest of the 2017-18 campaign.
“He’s one of our best players, one of our leaders … we’ll miss him but that’s football,” said Browns head coach Hue Jackson.
Cleveland originally acquired Collins in a midseason trade with the New England Patriots last year.
He was very effective in the eight games he played with the Browns last season, tallying 69 total tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. Overall in 2016-17, Collins finished with 112 total tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles. In six games this season, the 27-year-old registered 31 stops in all, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble.
Collins, who played his collegiate football at the University of Southern Mississippi, was originally selected by the Patriots in the second round (52nd pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played in all 16 regular-season games during his rookie campaign, making eight starts and recording 56 total tackles and one fumble recovery. The following year, Collins had a monster season, racking up 138 total tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries. However, he did not make the Pro Bowl until his third year in the league when he logged 89 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one pick.